Which colleges participate in the Federal Work-Study?footnote 1
Not every college offers work-study. Work-study is offered by colleges that participate in the Federal Work-Study Program. When visiting colleges, ask if the school participates-or check with a school's financial aid office at any time.
Unlike other financial aid programs, Federal Work-Study gives you an actual job (and a paycheck) where you have to work to earn your money.
Federal Work-Study jobs can be on or off campus:
If you work on campus, you'll usually work for your school. Jobs can involve anything from helping out in the financial aid office to working in the student cafeteria to being a research assistant.
If you work off campus, your employer will usually be a private non-profit organization or a public agency.
Some schools might have agreements with private for-profit employers for work-study jobs. These jobs must be relevant to your course of study.
How do you qualify for work-study?
In order to qualify for work-study, you need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your completed FAFSA application can help you qualify for federal financial aid programs including work-study.